Anonymous
hello, while standing outside I got approached by a group of tipsy people and as they were talking to me, the person right next to me spit while talking and I could feel the spit drop hit my eye.

Online I see that saliva is not a risk for HIV unless blood is present.. I m confused. Could I have gotten HIV this way, I'm freaking out. Do I need to test ? thx
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Anonymous

Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. Its sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after having felt spit drop into your eye.

You are at No Risk of HIV Transmission in the scenario that you described. Salvia has in it an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV and the amount of blood present in the salvia for there to be a potential risk would have to be significant. Blood would have to be flowing from the individual's mouth, really quite a significant amount.

In this particular scenario, testing is not needed. We do however encourage individuals to think about making HIV testing part of their regular healthcare maintenance routine.

For more information about HIV, i would encourage you to check out he following resources:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Catie.ca


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.


    Hilary

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